Hey friends, how are you doing? Did you have a good weekend? I stayed in for most of the weekend, you know, washing hair, which takes a few hours and then skin care, which is always fun. Then of course, we attended service on Sunday. It was so good to be back at church. We’ve been unable to attend church for three whole weeks due to our travels. Do you know I don’t think I’ve ever missed three consecutive Sunday services? We do enjoy our services, it’s always wonderful when we can worship with our friends, I speak for my husband too. Yesterday’s service was especially good, perhaps because our absence. Do you attend church?
We’ve been watching this show called The Kindness Diaries on Netflix. It’s a very fascinating show. This man (Leon Logothesis) travelled around the world in search of kindness. He believed that if we searched deep enough within us, we can indeed find kindness there. It’s a great show but it occurred to me while watching this show that it’s quite easy to confuse action with character. It’s easy to assume that if someone performs a kind act that indicates that this person must BE kind. Nope! Usually we extend kindness if it will benefit us in some way or perhaps because it makes us feel good. My friend once told me, she always loved God. Do you think it’s possible to have always loved the Lord? Were we born with this love for the Lord? Did it suddenly develop in us? Just in case your answer may be “yes”, let me disabuse you of that idea. It’s not possible to have always love the Lord. In order to believe that, you would have to believe that either God is wrong, or He tells lies, which is impossible right? Remember that story of Abraham and Lot? More specifically Sodom and Gomorrah; this story is found in Genesis 18:16-33. Go ahead, read it; I dare you.
Abraham bargains with the Lord to spare the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah if He can find ten righteous people. Ten could not be found. To believe that we’ve ‘always loved the Lord’ makes the assumption that we are innately good people. Of course, we are aware that that’s an impossible and very, very, very inaccurate belief.
If we are naturally good people, with this innate desire for kindness and love for our fellow men, there would be no need for Christ to die on the cross for our sins. Seriously! There would be no need for His death and His resurrection. He would just say, “well, if these people can BE good, then they all have the ability to BE good, they just chose not to be”, there is absolutely no need for MY death”. I’m so glad there was no other way, thank You Lord, for dying for me.
We needed saving, friends, because we were once enemies of God. We were born that way. Yep, we were once separated from the Lord, we, at one time, completely and utterly belonged to Satan. He controlled our actions and our thoughts and our desires. BUT GOD…. He sent His Son to take away our sins. But we if believe we are intrinsically good people, we don’t need a Savior, do we? We can do good all by ourselves. We can choose to love the Lord all by ourselves.
We are in need of Jesus Christ, our Savior. We need Him to change our trajectory, to renew our minds. We need Him, in order to do more than just perform good works, but for us to BE good people. He alone brings intrinsic change. Because of His goodness, when we accept Him as our Savior, He imputes His very own goodness and kindness and love within us.
At His feet, we can find grace and mercy and an abundance of forgiveness when we look like we did before salvation. Do you want to BE good? Recognize that as a sinner, you needed saving. Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.